Doubting Democracy

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During the 1980s, as Co-secretary of the European Greens I helped to support dissident groups in communist East European countries. Somewhat recklessly in retrospect, we did things like smuggle scientific papers and parts of photocopiers through to our clandestinely organising colleagues and made sure their governments knew we knew when …

NEW ENTRY in What Does Good Look Like?

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The 1st page of my new, online book is now available. Please click here to read the latest installment: Know where you are going before you set off! On the same page, you can also read any other related posts that I’ve written for ‘What Does Good Look Like?’ As always, …

What Does Good Look Like?

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“Don’t worry” said the taxi driver after I told him I worked on sustainability, climate change, things like that. “ Don’t worry, if it was that serious, they’d be doing something about it!” He made me wonder how many people feel like that even when bombarded with the latest statistics …

A transformative lighting project

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he 2016 St Andrews Prize for the Environment was won by a technologically and socially innovative approach to lighting for off-grid communities that could transform the lives of millions. According to Wikipedia, ‘living off the grid’ is a lifestyle choice for rich country drop-outs. However, according to the International Energy …

Digital Doubts

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s our confidence in the internet as saviour for most, if not all, things unsustainable crumbling? Possibly yes. But read about solutions to problems ranging from climate change to neighbourhood networking and it seems a given that the internet will be involved. Distant monitoring of electricity or water helps alerts …